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Enrichment promotes learning in fish

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dc.contributor.author Strand, David A.
dc.contributor.author Utne-Palm, Anne C.
dc.contributor.author Jakobsen, Per J.
dc.contributor.author Braithwaite, Victoria A.
dc.contributor.author Jensen, Knut Helge
dc.contributor.author Salvanes, Anne Gro Vea
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-13T07:28:13Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-13T07:28:13Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-18
dc.identifier.citation Marine Ecology Progress Series 412: 273–282 en
dc.identifier.issn 0171-8630 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn 1616-1599 (online version)
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps08682
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/4147
dc.description.abstract Captive birds and mammals reared in enriched rearing environments have been shown to behave more flexibly compared to animals reared in impoverished or plain environments. Recent evidence has shown that this is also true for fish; enrichment promotes faster recovery after a stressful experience, a higher propensity for exploration of novel areas and the development of more sophisticated social behaviour. Here we report how enrichment influences social learning in juvenile cod Gadus morhua that were reared in either spatially enriched or plain tanks. Naïve juvenile cod were allowed to repeatedly observe experienced tutors as they foraged on gammarid or mysid prey, or control tutors that acted as social stimuli but did not forage. The naïve fish then received a mixture of mysid and gammarid prey. Enriched-reared fish improved their ability to consume live prey in the presence of foraging tutors, but plain-reared fish did not. Although gammarids were consumed more often and more quickly than mysids, both among tutors and naïve fish, social learning from tutors demonstrating mysid hunting and consumption had its greatest effect on social learning in the enriched fish. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Inter-Research en
dc.rights Copyright 2010 Inter-Research. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Behaviour en
dc.subject Cod en
dc.subject Gadus morhua en
dc.subject Habitat enrichment en
dc.subject Social learning en
dc.subject Feeding behaviour en
dc.subject Conservation en
dc.subject Stock enhancement en
dc.title Enrichment promotes learning in fish en
dc.type Peer reviewed en
dc.type Journal article en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Matematikk og Naturvitenskap: 400::Zoologiske og botaniske fag: 480::Marinbiologi: 497 en
dc.rightsHolder Inter-Research en
dc.type.version Published version en


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